Help! My Eyebrows are Drooping
Have you ever pulled your brows up slightly toward your hairline and thought, “Wow, I look so much better!” Everything goes south as we age, including our brows. If you’re noticing you look a little more tired than usual when you look in the mirror, you’re not alone. At a certain age, usually in our 40’s and 50’s, you’ll see a difference in where your brows used to be positioned and where they are now. It’s called the ‘Droopy Brow’.
In addition to your brows drooping or sagging, you’re probably noticing a few more lines across your forehead and some laxity on your upper eyelids and brow line. You see, our brows, forehead, and upper eyelids are all connected, and as they begin to droop, you begin to look tired or look older than you feel. Another sign of a droopy brow is when your brows start to look flat instead of the raised arch you once had. Technically, your brow line should be positioned just above your orbital or eyebrow bone.
What are my options?
There are several ways to combat facial aging of the upper face, including injections, minimally invasive procedures, surgical and non-surgical. The first is through plastic surgery. The surgery is known as an eyebrow lift or a forehead lift, and it’s been popular for decades. But now, there are also non-surgical and less invasive ways of treating your aging issues. We’ll go over all your options to make an informed decision on what’s right for you.
1. SURGICAL Brow Lift
If you want to restore the bright, wide-eyed look of your younger days, reduce forehead wrinkles, and reduce the 11’s between your eyes, a surgical eyebrow lift may be good to achieve it. There are several techniques for the procedure. Your plastic surgeon might use different size incisions and different incision placements based on how you’ve aged and your facial anatomy.
While thousands of brow lifts are performed successfully every year, surgery isn’t for everyone, and many people feel like they don’t have the time to spend in recovery mode. If you do decide on surgical options, you need to be aware of the potential risks. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, some of the possible health complications with brow lift surgery include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Loss of hair around the incisions
- Elevated hairline
- Facial asymmetry
- Facial nerve injury with weakness or paralysis
- Poor wound healing
- Possibility of revision surgery
- Unfavorable scarring
Recovery time for a brow lift is between 1-2 weeks. Depending on your type of work, you may return as early as 1 week. Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for 2 weeks after the surgery.
2. NON-SURGICAL Brow Lift
Another option for restoring your brow placement and reducing wrinkles is with a non surgical brow lift procedure using the latest technology in ultrasound. In the past, ultrasound procedures have been painful and provided minimal results. But with the newest, FDA cleared ultrasound technology, Sofwave can revitalize the skin without surgery and dermal fillers.
Sofwave is performed in a physician’s office, using topical numbing creme, and it takes only about 30 to 45 minutes to complete.Patients can immediately go home, go out to dinner, put on makeup, basically do whatever they need to do without any worries. In clinical studies, 88% of patient’s appearance was marked as “improved” or “significantly improved” 12 weeks later after just one treatment.
Here’s how the process works… The Sofwave device heats the mid-dermal tissue at the right depth and temperature to rejuvenate collagen fibers and improve aging skin’s overall appearance. This collagen stimulation is a non surgical brow lift. In addition to upper face rejuvenation, it is also used on the lower face and neck. And best of all, it’s safe for all skin types and colors.
One of the world’s experts in non-invasive rejuvenation is Dr. Jason Pozner, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Boca Raton, Florida. He says patients today are looking for results from a single treatment, and that’s what Sofwave can offer.
Dr. Jason PoznerPozner says, “Sofwave’s technology is different from the earlier versions of ultrasound treatments where many patients complained of the pain involved, and some patients, around 20 percent, said they didn’t see any significant difference in their skin.”
Sofwave is faster, gentler and you can typically see desired results after only a couple of treatments.
3. MINIMALLY INVASIVE Thread Lift
An eyebrow thread lift is considered a minimally invasive procedure, and it can tighten your eyebrows sagging skin and wrinkle and lift them, to achieve a more youthful look. Just as the name implies, physicians insert a small needle and dissolvable thread under the skin, thread it up and attach it in an inconspicuous location such as the hairline. Some threads have tiny barbs that hook into the tissue allowing the thread to ‘pull up’ your underlying tissues form.
As the threads dissolve after about six months, they create new collagen in the area. The procedure is relatively quick and not too painful. However, this procedure is only temporary, and you will most likely need additional treatments. Threads can cause some soreness, bruising, swelling, and puckering of the skin, but most people can go back to their natural activities within a week.
Which treatment is right for you?
When asked, most people will say they would prefer to go the non surgical brow lift route if possible. They’re busy, they don’t want to spend time recovering, and they want to get back to their everyday life sooner than later.
Contact your doctor for the initial consultation to help you determine which non surgical brow lift procedure is best for your droopy brows!
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